Master Miguel Florez

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Master Miguel Florez – 5th degree

Venice, Florida

Sabomnim Miguel Florez is a martial artist and instructor renowned for his unwavering dedication to the world of martial arts, boasting a wealth of experience in Hapkido, Okinawan Karate Goju Ryu, and Silat Suffian Bela Diri. With a martial arts journey spanning over three decades, Sabomnim Florez is deeply committed to imparting his extensive knowledge and skills to both adults and children through a comprehensive martial arts curriculum.

Martial Arts Odyssey: Sabomnim Miguel Florez embarked on his martial arts odyssey in 1985 when he commenced his training in Okinawan Karate Goju Ryu, holding a second Dan under the esteemed guidance of Shihan Shunji Sudo Tanaka in Venezuela. Under Shihan Tanaka’s tutelage, Sabom Florez actively engaged in numerous open tournaments, pitting his skills against practitioners of Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kung Fu. In pursuit of his mechanical engineering degree, he ventured to the United States in 1989, where he continued to hone his Okinawan Karate Goju Ryu skills by attending USA Goju classes and periodically returning to Venezuela for further training. His dedication paid off in 2009 when he earned the prestigious rank of black belt in Goju Ryu Okinawan Karate under the mentorship of Shihan Tanaka, followed by obtaining the third Dan black belt in USA Goju under Shihan Raymond Hermann. Sabom Florez currently holds the esteemed 3rd Dan black belt in this martial art.

In 2002, Sabomnim Miguel Florez relocated to Florida, a pivotal moment that led him to discover Hapkido, an art that would come to define a significant part of his martial arts journey. Guided by Grandmaster In Wan Kim, Sabomnim Florez embarked on his Hapkido voyage in 2005, a transformative experience that allowed him to elevate his martial arts skills to new heights, culminating in the achievement of the fifth Dan. Hapkido, often described as the “way of harmonizing energy,” seamlessly integrated into his martial arts repertoire.

Silat Suffian Bela Diri: Furthermore, Sabomnim Florez has dedicated over four years to the practice of Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD), the Bruneian fighting art. Under the expert tutelage of Cikgu Maul Mornie from Brunei, he has honed his skills in this distinctive and highly effective martial art.

Educational and Professional Prowess: Beyond his martial arts achievements, Sabomnim Miguel Florez is a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he earned a mechanical engineering degree with a specialization in nuclear physics. In addition to his academic success, he boasts a successful career spanning over twenty-five years in the chemical industry